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Sep 5, 2018

In this episode, Professor Maliha Safri of Drew University sits down to discuss her work centered on worker cooperatives and their relation to the larger solidarity economy. We talk about New York City's and Philadelphia's worker cooperative movements and how they differ from other waves of worker cooperative development in the past. We also talk about worker cooperative development initiatives that are taking place in NYC and how support from the municipal government can best be leveraged.

To access some of Professor Safri's work visit http://drew.academia.edu/MalihaSafri 

For her work done in Philadelphia visit https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/anti.12368

To view or add to the solidarity map mentioned at the end of the episode visit http://solidarityeconomy.us/

To read NYC city council reports documenting worker cooperative development over the past years visit https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/sbs/downloads/pdf/about/reports/worker_coop_report_fy17.pdf

 

Aug 7, 2018

In this bonus episode, listen to the fascinating story of renowned economist Michael Hudson — the professor featured on our weekly economic and financial news series — The Hudson Report.

Many other economists consider Michael Hudson the greatest living economist in the world. Here he gives a detailed account of his life, from childhood up to present time.

*This autobiographical interview was conducted at Peking University on May 7, 2018 by Lau Kin Chi of the Global University for Sustainability. A special thanks to Lau Kin Chi and his colleagues for allowing us to share this audio.

 

Jul 30, 2018

In this episode of The Hudson Report, we speak with Michael Hudson about the implications of the flattening yield curve, the possibility of another global financial crisis, and public banking as an alternative to the current system.

The Hudson Report is a Left Out weekly series with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every week, we look at an economic issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—in the press that week. 
 
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Jul 24, 2018
In this episode of Left Out, Paul Sliker speaks with Pavlina Tcherneva at the Levy Economics Institute about the macroeconomic effects of a federal job guarantee, the common criticisms around its design and implementation, and much more. 
 
Pavlina Tcherneva is a leading American economist and Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) scholar. She’s currently the Director of the Economics Program at Bard College and a Research Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute. Follow her on Twitter: @ptcherneva
 
Timestamps of topics discussed:
  • Introduction to Pavlina Tcherneva (4:27)
  • Hyman Minsky and Post-Keynesian Institutionalism (12:14)
  • How economists and the general public misread and misinterpret the work of John Maynard Keynes (17:00)
  • The problems of income inequality and unemployment as a window for understanding the need for a job guarantee (21:40)
  • Addressing criticisms on the funding of a job guarantee (28:24)
  • Addressing criticisms of the design of a job guarantee (31:00)
  • Addressing concerns of a job guarantee creating “make work” and "bullshit jobs" (38:03)
  • Addressing concerns of how a federal job guarantee can ensure states, local governments and communities will create enough jobs (43:55)
  • On the role of the Federal Reserve in managing the macroeconomy, employment, and the conceptual misunderstandings of unemployment (47:14)
  • On the importance of the job guarantee pegging the US dollar to labor (53:06)
  • A job guarantee versus a universal basic income (57:40)
  • The job guarantee in Argentina in the aftermath of its 2001 economic crisis (104:45)
  • Outlook on the US economy if we remain without policies like a job guarantee (1:12:32)
 
Reports mentioned in this conversation:
 
The Job Guarantee: Design, Jobs, and Implementation (Pavlina Tcherneva; Levy Economics Institute) 
 
Inequality Update: Who Gains When Income Grows? (Pavlina Tcherneva; Levy Economics Institute)
 
For more of Pavlina Tcherneva’s work on the federal job guarantee and much more, please visit: https://www.pavlina-tcherneva.net/
 
To learn more about the Levy Economics Institute and the research and publications of their other leading scholars, please visit: http://www.levyinstitute.org/
 

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Jul 21, 2018

In this Left Out teaser, economist Pavlina Tcherneva explains how if the US Government were to initiate a federal job guarantee, it would be pegging the US Dollar to labor and creating a condition where human labor becomes the anchor for the currency.

Our full episode with Pavlina Tcherneva on Keynes, Minsky, a federal job guarantee and much more, will release this week.

Jul 14, 2018

One of the main components of Minsky’s work is that he took an “institutionalist” approach and argued that abstract economic theory could not be applicable in all times and places but must be institution-specific.

In this Left Out teaser, economist Pavlina Tcherneva explains the importance of Minsky's incorporation of post-Keynesian theory with an “institutionalist” recognition for the different kinds of past, current, and future economic institutions.

Our full episode with Pavlina Tcherneva on Keynes, Minsky, a federal job guarantee and much more, will release this week.

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Pavlina R. Tcherneva is Associate Professor and Chair at the Department of Economics at Bard College. She is also a Research Associate at the Levy Economics Institute, and a Senior Research Scholar the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability.

She specializes in the fields of monetary theory, fiscal policy, and macroeconomic stabilization. Her research examines the impact of direct job creation on growth, income inequality, and unemployment, and in particular on women and youth. She has developed a blueprint for operationalizing her Job Guarantee proposal for the United States.

Tcherneva most recently consulted for Bernie Sanders' 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign. She frequently speaks at Central Banks around the world and has worked with economists and policymakers from different countries on developing and evaluating direct job creation schemes. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and her 2004 book Full Employment and Price Stability: The Macroeconomic Vision of William S. Vickrey(with Forstater, eds.) is a rare collection of the lesser known works by the late Nobel Prize-winning economist.​

During Summer 2006, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge Centre for Economic and Public Policy, U.K., where she immersed herself in Keynes’s collected writings and personal papers. She developed an interpretation of Keynes’s policy approach to full employment for which she was recognized by the Association for Social Economicswith the Hellen Potter Prize (2012).

​She is a two-time grantee from the Institute for New Economic Thinkingfor her work on rethinking fiscal policy.

Jul 4, 2018

In this episode of The Hudson Report, Paul Sliker speaks with Michael Hudson about the economic and political implications of the International Monetary Fund's $50 billion loan to Argentina, which is the largest IMF credit line in history. 

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The Hudson Report is a new weekly series produced by Left Out with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we pick Professor Hudson’s brain on an economic issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—that week in the press.

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Jul 1, 2018

Kate Aronoff is a graduate student of Economics at John Jay College, a contributing writer at The Intercept, and a writing fellow for In These Times covering the politics of climate change, economics and public policy, the White House and the Trump administration, and the resistance to Trump's agenda.

In the this episode of Left Out, we cover a number of topics with Kate: 

  • Heterodox vs. Neoclassical (mainstream) economics;
  • Women and economics;
  • The history of the Job Guarantee and today's proposals;
  • The state of the Democratic Party;
  • Climate change and climate politics in the age of Trump;
  • The privatization of Puerto Rico and PREPA
Articles discussed in the show:
 
 
 
Check out the rest of Kate's recent work:
 
 
 
Follow Kate on Twitter: @KateAronoff
 
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Jun 13, 2018

In this clip of our upcoming episode with Kate Aronoff, Kate recalls her recent exchange in Puerto Rico with the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Rob Bishop, R-Utah, about the privatization of PREPA and his plans to turn Puerto Rico into an export hub for natural gas.

Our full episode with Kate Aronoff on heterodox economics, her recent reporting on a federal job guarantee, U.S. politics in the Trump era, climate change, Puerto Rico, and more, will air in the coming week.

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Kate Aronoff is a graduate student of Economics at John Jay College, a contributing writer at The Intercept, and a writing fellow for In These Times covering the politics of climate change, economics and public policy, the White House and the Trump administration, and the resistance to Trump's agenda.

Jun 1, 2018

In this Left Out bonus clip, economist Michael Hudson answers whether millennials should get into the housing market. 

"There are two classes millennials now. One class of millennials inherits houses from their parents, or have a trust fund or the parents have paid for their education in full and have helped them get a house or have given them their own house. Rich millennials who have parents helping them are in one class, and the class of self-supporting millennials--which used to be just about everybody in their late 20s--can’t afford to be self-supporting anymore, even in their 30s." 

The Hudson Report is a new weekly series produced by Left Out with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we cover an economic or political issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—that week in the press.

Jun 1, 2018

In this week's edition of The Hudson Report, Paul Sliker speaks with Michael Hudson about the state of housing in the U.S. vs. China, why unaffordable housing is not a part of true nature, and why the self-supporting class of millennials can't afford to buy homes.

"Housing is a very good investment if you have millionaire parents." -Michael Hudson

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May 29, 2018

In this episode of Left Out, political economist Ann Pettifor speaks with Paul Sliker about the production of money, as well as why challenging the despotic power of finance and fixing our economic system, crucially depends on people's understanding of it all.

"Very often my experience is that activists don't ever talk about this stuff. They don't have a list of these demands. We want to do something about taxes or we want to do something about investment—all that tangible stuff that you can see on a day-to-day basis. We don't ever to talk about this thing which you can't see, which is the financial system. So if we can just get talking about that we'll begin to make ways." -Ann Pettifor

Topics discussed:

  • Money - what it is and how it is produced;
  • How our banking and monetary systems work;
  • Why mainstream economists leave out the activity of Banks, Money, and Private Debt in their thinking and modeling; 
  • Solutions for fixing and democratizing the global financial system;
  • What the general public can do once they understand how our banking and monetary systems work;
  • How people can effectively challenge and reverse the influence of extremely powerful financial interests;
  • Bitcoin; Job Guarantee vs. UBI; Brexit; Jeremy Corbyn and the state of the Labour Party; European politics and the rise of the Far Right.

Pick up Ann's latest book: 'The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers' www.versobooks.com/books/2706-the-…uction-of-money

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May 12, 2018

Political economist Ann Pettifor on what history can teach us about how to effectively challenge the despotic nature of today's global financial system.

Look out for the full episode with Pettifor on the production of money, and why fixing our economic system depends on the general public's understanding of it.

Pick up the book: The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers

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Apr 26, 2018

Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle, creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left.  

The Hudson Report is a new weekly series produced by Left Out with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we cover an economic or political issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—that week in the press.

In this episode we discuss the ancient history of debt cancellation, the untold life of Jesus as an economic justice activist, and more largely Professor Hudson's forthcoming book, "...and forgive them their debts," out in summer 2018.

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Apr 13, 2018

In this episode, we sat down with the Marxist sociologist Erik Olin Wright, who has taught at the University Wisconsin for over four decades.

We talk about the different understandings of class, how class shapes individual identities, and how it affects struggles to organize the shop floor and much more.

Erik Olin Wright website: https://ssc.wisc.edu/~wright/

 

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Apr 9, 2018

Michael Hudson discusses the so-called "trade war" developing between the U.S. and China.

 The Hudson Report is a Left Out weekly series with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every week, we look at an economic issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—in the press that week. 

 
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Apr 5, 2018
Here is a short clip of Erik Olin Wright, Marxist sociologist at the University of Wisconsin, speaking about the different conceptions of class.
 
The full episode is scheduled to release Thursday April 12th.
 
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Apr 3, 2018
In this episode we discuss the economic and political implications of the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal. We also touch upon the long history of collaboration between Russian oligarchs and Western banks and how it fits into the larger neoliberal project pursued after the collapse of the Soviet Union. 
 
 
The Hudson Report is a Left Out weekly series with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every week, we look at an economic issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—in the press that week. 
 
 
If you’re enjoying Left Out, please support us by becoming a subscriber on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leftout
 
 
Please follow us on our new Twitter: @leftoutpodcast
 
 
Mar 28, 2018

Senate Republicans and Wall Street friendly Democrats recently voted in favor of rolling back banking industry regulations, including key parts of Dodd-Frank, under the guise of providing relief for struggling community banks. Professor Michael Hudson weighs in on the details of the bill and its potential economic impact.

The Hudson Report is a new weekly series with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we cover an economic or political issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—that week in the press.
 
If you’re enjoying Left Out, please support us by becoming a subscriber on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leftout
 
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Mar 17, 2018

Professor Michael Hudson discusses the ACLU's new report on the rise of modern-day debtors' prisons in America and compares this with the role of debt in antiquity.

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The Hudson Report is a Left Out weekly series with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every week, we look at an economic issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—in the press that week. 
 
If you’re enjoying Left Out, please support us by becoming a subscriber on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leftout
 
Please follow us on our new Twitter: @leftoutpodcast
 
 
Mar 8, 2018
Stephanie Kelton is a leading American economist and a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. She's most known for being a pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). 
 
In this episode, Professor Kelton debunks budget deficit and government spending myths and explains how understanding how our monetary system works is crucial to making the political and economic case for important programs like universal health care, free public higher education, infrastructure investment, and more.
 
We also explore some current economic issues, including how we might be able to cancel all public and private student debt in the U.S., and lastly the role and challenges of women in economics.
 

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Mar 6, 2018
Professor Stephanie Kelton, former Chief Economist - U.S. Senate Budget Committee and Advisor to Bernie 2016, reflects back on her academic career in economics - a field with only 13% women economists.
 
The full episode on MMT and debunking budget deficit myths will air Thursday, March 8th.
 
Mar 3, 2018

Professor Stephanie Kelton, former Chief Economist to the US Senate Budget Committee and Economic Adviser to Bernie 2016, on how the US federal government can easily "pay" for federal programs like social security. 

***Full will air on Thursday March 8th***

Feb 8, 2018

In this episode of Left Out, we speak with Professor Steve Keen about his latest book, Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?, as well as the failure of mainstream economics.

In late 2005, Keene became the first economist to predict the 2007-08 financial crisis, earning himself the Revere Award from the Real World Economics Review for “being the economist who most cogently warned of the crisis, and whose work is most likely to prevent future crises.”

In the first half of our interview, Professor Keen explains why conventional economic theory doesn’t describe capitalism accurately, as well as Hyman Minsky’s hypothesis on the significance of private debt in the economy— something that is largely ignored by the predominant “Neoclassical” school of economics today.

In the second half, we turn to the prescriptive. Keen contends the main thing people need to think about is that “as well as workers and capitalists we have creditors and debtors in this economy— and by far the most important social clash these days is not between workers and capitalists, it’s between the financial sector and the rest of the economy.”

As for the Left, Keen thinks in order to win it must be less reactive and more intelligent in their campaigning, otherwise the future we’ll face “will be that of The Hunger Games and not of a democratic society.” That means focusing more on the role of private debt than on wage campaigns or unionization, and fighting for a modern debt jubilee and universal basic income.

Keen wraps up our discussion with his forecast for the global economy and gives us his predictions for what countries are most likely to face a crisis in the next 1-3 years.

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